Fired in-house lawyers who questioned proposed document retention policy change

When Uber planned to change its document retention policy, two in-house attorneys expressed concern about the change and discussed their concerns with outside counsel. Uber fired them. Critics suggested that Uber sought to change the document retention policy in order to reduce materials available to litigation adversaries — and it seems the skeptical in-house attorneys thought that change, however beneficial to Uber’s business interests, was not permitted under legal rules requiring preserving documents relevant to existing disputes.